Skin it and get as much meat off of it as possible then boil for 1 - 2 hours..Let dry and then soak in peroxide for 2 or 3 days. It should not crack over time unless it is abused. Yellowing may occur but can be simply fixed by soaking again. I wouldnt expect any yellowing unless you smoke around it. Just lay off the cancer sticks.
The local taxidermist boils like you said, then soaks a day or so in peroxide, but then puts a coat of flat white paint on them to keep consistent color. He tapes around the base of the antlers to keep paint off of them.
Deer hunters spend so much time trying to pattern deer that we forget that we also can be "patterned." After all, most of us hunt the same days and the same hours, so it isn't difficult for deer to figure us out.
While we would never recommend giving up hunting the traditional moving times for deer -- early morning and late evening -- it's important to keep in mind that deer will move at other times of the day. Sometimes hunting through lunch, or getting in your stand earlier than usual for an...